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Staff Attorney

Dillon, MT, USA
Full-time
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Email a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and three professional references to [email protected]. Screening of applicants is ongoing and the position will remain open until filled. The priority deadline for applications is November 29, 2019.

Join Montana Legal Services Association and make a difference. You’ll enjoy Montana’s outdoor lifestyle while representing those without a voice in our legal system.

MLSA is a progressive Montana non-profit law firm. We offer our attorneys challenging and fulfilling litigation work, a supportive and collegial work environment, a healthy work-life balance, and a generous benefits package.

The Position: We’re looking for a Staff Attorney to be based at the Community Support Center in Dillon, MT, serving survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, stalking and harassment in Beaverhead and Madison Counties. Visit our website to download a detailed job description and to learn more about MLSA, our staff, and the work we do.

Who We Are: MLSA is committed to the idea that equal justice under the law is a right, not a privilege. We are zealous advocates for Montanans who struggle to make ends meet and deserve their day in court.

  • Our attorneys have pursued impact litigation all the way to Montana’s Supreme Court, helping to level the playing field for all Montanans.
  • We are nationally recognized for our forward-thinking approach to civil legal aid and for our use of technology to advance the cause of justice for all in Montana.
Areas of Responsibility: 
  • Represent survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, stalking and harassment in Beaverhead and Madison Counties.
  • Work primarily in the area of family law, but may also assist with other poverty law issues including consumer, housing, employment, public benefits, and probate.
  • Provide legal services ranging from brief counsel and advice, to full-scale representation and litigation.
  • Participate in MLSA’s statewide initiatives and impact work, and implement grant and contract requirements through casework.
Educational Background: 
J.D. Degree from an accredited law school
Skills/Experience: 
  • A law degree and current license to practice law in Montana is preferred. We will consider applicants with the ability to waive in with a qualifying UBE score, or a willingness to take and pass the next Montana Bar Exam.
  • Prior legal services experience is preferred, but a demonstrated commitment to social justice through volunteer activities and internships is valued.
  • Overnight and day travel to surrounding communities is required as needed.
Compensation/Benefits: 

The pay range we’re offering is $50,000 and up, depending on experience.

MLSA offers company-paid health, dental, vision and life insurance; an educational loan repayment assistance program; a 403(b) retirement plan; and eligibility for a health reimbursement or health savings account. We also offer a generous paid leave package, including annual, personal and sick leave, 12 holidays, and a wellness leave program.

And if you move from another town in Montana to join us, we offer up to $500 for relocation reimbursement (or $1,000 if you move from out of state).

How to Apply: 

Email a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and three professional references to [email protected]. Screening of applicants is ongoing and the position will remain open until filled. The priority deadline for applications is November 29, 2019.

Additional Information: 

You’ll be based in Dillon, home of the University of Montana - Western. Outdoor recreational opportunities abound: blue ribbon fly fishing, world class hunting, trailheads to national forests and wilderness, cross country and downhill skiing, and PRCA rodeo weekends. Dillon offers great schools right up to the university level, champion sports teams, and award winning medical facilities.

MLSA is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. People of color, women, people with disabilities, gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender persons are welcome and are encouraged to apply.

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Organization Info

Montana Legal Services Association

Overview
Headquarters: 
Helena, Montana, USA
Annual Budget : 
$1-5M
Size: 
11-50 employees
Founded: 
1966
About Us
Mission: 

For over fifty years, the Montana Legal Services Association has helped ensure fairness for all in Montana’s justice system by providing civil, non-criminal legal services to low income Montanans living in all 56 Montana counties and on all Tribal Reservations.

Programs: 

As a private, non-profit law firm, MLSA provides non-criminal legal information, advice, and representation to thousands of Montanans each year. MLSA’s services help fight scams on seniors, assist veterans who have been denied their earned benefits, help people escape abusive relationships, and represent families living in unsafe housing conditions.

“Equal Justice for All” is our shared ideal. Every year, millions walk under these words, engraved into the United States Supreme Court building. Every day, millions of schoolchildren pledge their allegiance to a republic “with liberty and justice for all.” And on countless TV shows, you hear the words, “If you cannot afford an attorney, one will be provided for you.”

Unfortunately, there is no right to an attorney for people facing non-criminal legal problems. For many people, especially those with limited incomes, the high cost of legal assistance can prevent them from obtaining even the most basic access to our court systems.

That’s why MLSA works to provide civil legal aid to low income individuals living throughout Montana – to ensure that equal justice for all is a reality for all Montanans, and not just for those who can afford it.

Awards & Accolades: 
MLSA's Medical-Legal Partnership program received a certificate of recognition for their collaborative effort to improve community health at the Montana Healthy Communities Conference.
MLSA received the Mary Byron Celebrating Solutions Award in recognition of MLSA’s work to provide civil legal assistance to survivors of domestic violence and break the cycle of violence.
MLSA received a Community Impact Award at the Montana Housing Partnership Conference recognizing the impact of the Keep My Montana Home program on saving homes from foreclosure in the wake of the Global Financial Crisis.
MLSA received the Montana Board of Crime Control’s Innovative Community Improvement Award for using technology to increase access to justice in rural Montana.
Why Work For Us?: 
  • Live your values and put your law degree to work by representing people who deserve a voice in our legal system.
  • Great benefits, generous leave, and competitive pay.
  • Access to free CLE seminars and opportunities to attend national conferences and trainings.
  • The chance to hone your litigation skills in a friendly and supportive work environment.
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Listing Stats

Post Date: 
Nov 13 2019
Active Until: 
Dec 13 2019
Hiring Organization: 
Montana Legal Services Association
industry: 
Nonprofit